Sexual fixations are far from the conventional love relationships that are part of paraphilias. There are several and curious paraphilias. We highlight voyeurism, sadism, masochism and fetishism among the best known. Others can be classified within the less common paraphilias, such as Agalmatophilia. This paraphilia consists in feeling sexual attraction for statues or mannequins, as well as for some inanimate objects.
The word agalmatophilia comes from the Greek and is the union of two concepts: agalma which means statue and philia which means love.
A Concrete Version of Agalmatophilia
People who are specifically sexually attracted to statues suffer from pygmalionism. This designation refers to one of the myths of ancient Greek: the myth of Pygmalion.
According to mythology, Pygmalion was a king of Cyprus who had great talent as a sculptor. He was a sad man because he didn’t have a wife and this led him to model a statue of a woman , looking for the perfect woman. The more he worked on his new creation, the more he felt erotic fascination for the created statue, to the point that at the end of his work he felt a strong desire for the female statue and began to shower it with kisses and hugs.
Upon proving his strange behavior, he realized that he had fallen in love with a stone being
Faced with this strange but intense feeling, Pygmalion asked the gods to give life to his statue and thus be able to marry her. The goddess Venus wanted to please the artist and the cold statue became a delicate woman. From the union between Pygmalion and his statue transformed into a woman, Papos was born, one of the most beautiful Greek islands.
Interpretations of Agalmotophilia and Pygmalionism
Both paraphilias are versions of the same erotic fascination, the attraction to inanimate beings. Although there is no clear explanation of the motivation for these paraphilias, there are some interpretations:
1) It can be understood as a form of love and attraction inspired by the fantasy of a perfect being, a circumstance that recalls the myth of Narcissus and Narcissism;
2) It can be evaluated as a psychopathic behavior in which a person falls in love with something of their own creation;
3) It is possible to explain this paraphilia as a variant of obsessive fixations in relation to erotic myths.
In addition to these interpretations, Agalmatophilia and Pygmalionism remind us that sexual attraction has a mysterious component. This mystery is reflected in the language we use when we fall in love with someone, such as “feeling butterflies in your stomach” or “receiving a Cupid’s arrow.”